Report: Kyrie Irving is Knicks’ top target in 2019 free agency
The Celtics are reportedly optimistic about re-signing Kyrie Irving in unrestricted free agency next summer.
But they’ll face competition.
This is the effect of Irving’s vague statements on his future with Boston. Other teams see him as attainable.
Irving won’t be next summer’s best free agent. That’ll be Kevin Durant or, if healthy, Kawhi Leonard. But Leonard has telegraphed an interest in Los Angeles, and Durant… well maybe the Knicks could pursue him.
Irving looks the most realistic, though. The Knicks could sell Irving, who grew up in New Jersey, on a homecoming – but so can the Nets, who are also reportedly interested.
The Knicks reportedly plan to stretch Joakim Noah this fall, setting up max cap space next summer. That plus this report suggests they’re more than just interested in Irving.
They look like a team trying to avoid directly tampering while still broadcasting its enthusiasm for Irving in the hopes it impresses him. Will it work?
It’ll be a long season of Irving rumors until we find out.